As the student population at DeForest Area High School continued to grow, school district leaders saw the need for expansion to accommodate both current and future student populations. The school planned to build a new three-station gym and a pool with locker room facilities, spectator seating, and public access. With the completion of the additions, the former gym and pool area, along with several other areas of the building, would be renovated into two expansive commons areas for students to eat, study, and gather. In addition to providing students with more space, the 102,000 SF renovation and expansion project will allow students a university center-like experience with greater freedom and recreational space.
To keep the expansive project on schedule, project leaders sought an innovative product that would maximize productivity and reduce labor costs. A solution was found in the use of County Materials’ Oversized 32” Concrete Masonry Units. The oversized units measure 12” x 8” x 32” and were favored for their ability to cover double the square footage in the same amount of time as traditional units with the use of hoist system technology. Because the units form fewer joints, additional costs savings were achieved by using less mortar and joint tooling than traditional unit installation.